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Kae Fink

Researcher II-Mechanical Engineering

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Kae Fink is a staff researcher in NREL’s Energy Conversion and Storage Systems Center. Her current work focuses on the development of novel lithium-ion battery recycling techniques, as well component-level design and characterization of advanced battery chemistries. She has also worked closely with NREL’s industrial partners in the technical evaluation of advanced battery materials.

Prior to joining NREL, Fink’s research focused on the design of organically modified clay materials (organoclays) for targeted removal of organic and mercury contaminants from wastewater. 

Research Interests

Advanced battery materials design

Materials characterization

Lithium-ion battery recycling

Grid-scale electrochemical energy storage


M.S., Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines and Columbia University (pending)

Post-Baccalaureate Studies, Chemical Engineering, University of Utah

B.A., Chemistry and Environmental Economics, Middlebury College

Featured Work

Impacts of Solvent Washing on the Electrochemical Remediation of Commercial End-of-Life Cathodes, ACS Applied Energy Materials (2020)

Characterization of Aged Li-Ion Battery Components for Direct Recycling Process Design, Journal of the Electrochemical Society (2019)


Solvent Washing Protocol for Capacity Recovery in End-of-Life Li-NMC Cathode Materials, U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 63/080,096 (2020)